Story - 81%
Graphics - 90%
Audio - 82%
Gameplay - 79%
Replayability - 88%
An action fighting game for the ages, For Honor brings 3 historical and legendary soldiers to battle each other. The Knight, The Vikings and The Samurai are brought in conflict to each other over Ashfeld.
The first thing that grasped my attention in this game is the graphics and detail in scenery. I was Awestruck for a while, taking in all the beauty of the game. You can see the effort that went into the development. Lasting effects also show on maps in multiplayer mode, for instance, if a keep or castle used to belong to the knight but now the Vikings rule over it, you will see some resemblance. They also state that after the first season has ended and the second begins there will be some landscapes where you will see some effects from the previous season’s battles.
The 3 types of soldiers you can choose each has their own unique classes and abilities.
The Knights, members of the Iron Legion were living in peace until Apollyon came and pushed everyone back into conflict now the Legion is moving to wage war. Some of the classes you can play as are The Conquerors – Highly effective defensive units. The Wardens – Highly adaptable and noble warriors. The Peacekeepers – Counter-Attackers and great in shorthand fights. The Lawbringers – Heavy weapon fighters brilliant at disabling enemies.
The Vikings, undisputed masters of the sea and fresh water. A raucous nation but they are fearsome to behold and nigh unstoppable. The classes of the Vikings are The Berserker – Short range fast attack and harasser fighting style. The Raiders – Disabling style with heavy two handed axes. The Warlords – Counter-Attacker a leader that had to earn it. The Valkyries – Complex combos and keep enemies at bay.
The Samurai, far lesser in numbers so they must rely on greater martial skill, cunning, and devotion to their culture in order to survive. They may be the last of their kind. Their classes are: The Orochi – Assassin style and Counter-Attacker. The Kensei – Good range and adaptable style. The Shugoki – Hard hitter and disabling style. The Nobushi – best long range and great for zone control.
There are tons to try out and see which class will fit your style but do not be shy to try out new classes and styles as some might take some time getting used to but at the end you will perform far better with them.
The campaign has an interesting story of how Apollyon moves to push the 3 nations into war again and hungers for conflict. Each Nation has its own chapter in the campaign to follow, it would’ve been better if you could play them in any order but the flow of the story requires you to play them in the right order.
The multiplayer is vast and I like the idea that bots are included and you have the option with most game types to play either Player VS Player or Player VS AI. It is also cool how all the game types support the War of the Factions and how the battlefield evolves over time.
After playing matches you might earn enough coin to buy chests to unlock items or you might even find some loot in a match. You can then go and customize your classes (Heros). I love how many things there are to do and how you can grow your characters. The game will definitely keep you busy for months.
The game teaches you the basics in a tutorial and some during gameplay, it will teach you everything you need to know to survive in a fight but to become better or a master you will need to practise. Some matches you will fail but keep at it and soon you will succeed.
For Honor is an awesome game and if you love playing online it should be in your game pile. The one thing I do not like is that you have to be online to play, even if you play the campaign but this is something we have gotten used to in Ubisoft’s games. This however doesn’t retract at all of how great this title is and it is something very different form the shooter games.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Action, Fighting, Hack ‘n Slash
Age Rating: Mature
Publisher/Developer: Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
Estimated RRP: R975
Release Date: 14 February 2016
- Something different
- Great 3 Nations
- Always Online